I not only survived, I had a great time!
If you love crime fiction, you really want to go to Bouchercon. It's enough fun that even I, curmudgeonly misanthrope who hates to leave NYC, even I have already booked my hotel and registered for the 2009 event in Indianapolis.
Eric Stone had a great time too. Here's his blog post about it with some great pictures of Ben and Alison from Bleak House Books.